Science: Entrez the Flying Peacock

France unveils a 236-m.p.h. train, the world's fastest

Among the olive-drab trains herded in the gloom of Paris' Gare de Lyon, the newcomer stands out like a peacock in a barnyard. Low-slung, sleek and chic, a space-age apparition in orange, gray and white, this peacock can fly. It is the fastest train on earth, capable of 236 m.p.h.

Meet the TGV, which stands for train a grande vitesse (of great speed).

The TGV, the Concorde of the rails, was launched last week with appropriate folderol and impressive precision. With several Cabinet ministers aboard, the TGV eased out of Platform M at 2:27 p.m....

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